Buddhist Teachings for the Natural World

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Buddhist Teachings for the Natural World
 
with David Loy
 
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm
 

 
Ecodharma is a relatively new word, and its meaning is by no means fixed. The term combines the teachings of Buddhism and related spiritual traditions (dharma) with ecology or ecological concerns (eco). A bit more specifically, ecodharma can be understood as a new development in contemporary Buddhism enriched by our understanding of the field of ecology.

Traditional Buddhist texts do not address our modern ecological challenges, which was not a problem for the Buddha and his Asian successors. But today, climate change and related environmental challenges have become the most urgent issue we face as a society.

The evening will include a brief meditation and a talk about Buddhism and Ecology. The talk will focus on three aspects: practice in the natural world, a curious parallel between our usual individual predicament and our current collective predicament, and the new ecosattva path. All are welcome.

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Teacher(s)

David Loy

David R. Loy is a retired professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, a prolific writer, and a teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His books include Money Sex War Karma, A New Buddhist Path, and most recently Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. In addition to offering workshops and meditation retreats nationally and internationally, he is one of the founders of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colorado.

In June 2014, David received an honorary degree from Carleton College, his alma mater, during its 2014 Commencement. In April 2016 David returned his honorary degree, to protest the decision of the Board of Trustees not to divest from fossil fuel investments.